The Department of Justice declared Friday that Texas had no right to stop Syrian refugees from being settled in Texas and that the refugees who were slated to land in the state Friday posed no harm.
According to the brief, DOJ argued that the federal government, not the states have jurisdiction to settle refugees under the Refugee Act of 1980 and that the federal government has kept Texas up to date on its intentions to place Syrians in the state.
DOJ also stated that none of the individuals coming to Texas –who have been vetted in a multi-agency check– presented a threat to the state of Texas.
“The Syrian refugees who are currently scheduled to for resettlement in Texas
who seeks to be reunited with her mother,” the report said. “Plaintiff has made no showing that these refugees pose any threat, much less an imminent one, to the safety or security of Texas residents or any other Americans.”